Motivating quotes and words of wisdom from greatest athletes

1. “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” –Muhammad Ali (Boxer)


2. “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” –Vince Lombardi (NFL Football Coach)

3. “It is more difficult to stay on top than to get there.” –Mia Hamm (Soccer Player)

4. “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” –Michael Jordan (Basketball Player)

5. “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” –Fred Devito (Yoga Instructor)

6. “It’s better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.” –Jackie Joyner Kersee (Olympic Track & Field)

7. “When my time on Earth is gone, and my activities here are past, I want them to bury me upside down, and my critics can kiss my ass.” –Bobby Knight (Basketball Coach)

8. “As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.” — Ben Hogan (Golfer)

9. “I always tell kids, you have two eyes and one mouth. Keep two open and one closed. You never learn anything if you’re the one talking.” –Gordie Howe (Hockey Player)

10. “Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like muscles of the body.” –Lynn Jennings (Long-distance Runner)

11. “It ain’t over till it’s over.” –Yogi Berra (Baseball Player)

12. “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” –Wilma Rudolph (Olympic Track & Field)

13. “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” –Wayne Gretzky (Hockey Player)

14. “What do do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.” –Dean Smith (Basketball Coach)

15. “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” –Jerry Rice (Football Player)

16. “Whoever said, ‘It’s not whether you win or lose that counts,’ probably lost.” –Martina Navratilova (Tennis Player)

17. “The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.” –Pele (Soccer Player)

18. “It is not the size of a man but the size of his heart that matters.” –Evander Holyfield (Boxer)

19. “Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit.” –Mary Lou Retton (Olympic gymnast)

20. “Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears.” –Laird Hamilton (Surfer)

21. “The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else. I hate that.” –Arnold Schwarzenegger (Bodybuilder)

22. “Be bold. If you’re going to make an error, make a doozy, and don’t be afraid to hit the ball.” –Billie Jean King (Tennis Player)

The Smartest Celebrities In Hollywood

Dolph Lundgren has a master’s degree in chemical engineering and won a Fulbright Scholarship to study at MIT. He is also a real bad-ass, having won the European Kyokushin-ryu karate championships (he has a 3rd-degree black belt.) (For those that don’t know, Kyokushin-ryu guys spar full contact, no gloves. It’s a pretty painful.)

Natalie Portman has a B.A. in Psychology from Harvard and has been published in two scientific journals.

Mayim Bialik has a Ph.D. in neuroscience. The former star of TV’s Blossom now plays Dr. Amy Farah Fowler, a neurobiologist, on The Big Bang Theory

Kris Kristofferson was a rugby star in college who became a Rhodes Scholar, graduating from Oxford with a BPhil (the equivalent of a Master’s degree) in English Literature. He then joined the military and became a helicopter pilot and a U.S. Army Ranger (e.g., a member of the U.S. special forces). He later became one of the most successful and celebrated country music stars of all time, as well as a successful film actor.

Things can travel faster than light

The speed of light in a vacuum is a constant: 300,000km/second. However, light does not always travel through a vacuum. In water, for example, photons travel at around three-quarters that speed.
In nuclear reactors, some particles are forced up to very high speeds, often within a fraction of the speed of light. If they are passing through an insulating medium that slows light down, they can actually travel faster than the light around them.
When this happens, they cause a blue glow, known as “Cherenkov radiation”, which is (sort of) comparable to a sonic boom but with light. This is why nuclear reactors glow in the dark.
Incidentally, the slowest light has ever been recorded travelling was 17 meters per second – about 38 miles an hour – through rubidium cooled to almost absolute zero, when it forms a strange state of matter called aBose-Einstein condensate.